Our collections feature tens of thousands of items – each with their own fascinating stories to tell. Whilst some are relatively straightforward, there are others that have a long and intriguing history, often as interesting as the item itself. From military jackets emblazoned with badges from around the world, to a gramophone with more potential than it initially showed – there are some wonderful tales to be told.

Of course, with space at a premium in our museums, we aren’t always able to justice to these tales – which is why we’ve created the Stories sections on our website. Take a look through each of the below links to read up about some of our more fascinating chronicles, or scroll down this page for those related to the museum service as a whole or for those items that straddle more than one of our collections.

Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery Stories
Southsea Castle Stories
Cumberland House Stories
Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Stories
Eastney Engine Houses Stories